YWCA No Hate No Fear

Immigrant women play a vital role in the U.S. economy, yet face significant threats to their health, safety, and economic security. Immigrant women are disproportionately represented in low-wage jobs and frequently are denied fair wages, safe work environments, and adequate health care. Moreover, immigrant women are at high risk of experiencing gender-based violence and experience increased barriers to fleeing abuse. New policies and increased immigration enforcement have exacerbated these challenges, leaving many immigrant women and families in economically vulnerable and physically dangerous situations.

During YWCA’s 13th annual Stand Against Racism, YWCA USA hosted a policy briefing on Capitol Hill, to share insights, discuss solutions, and talk about:

  • The impact of economic barriers, gender-based violence, and recent policy changes on immigrant women and families
  • YWCA’s efforts to support immigrant women –both at the border, as they are admitted to the U.S., and in the interior, as they strive to provide for families and contribute to communities
  • Legislative and policy solutions that would better ensure that immigrant women and families seeking safety and opportunity in the U.S. can arrive and live without fear, harm, or discrimination

Honorary Congressional Host Committee

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12) and Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY-09), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20)

YWCA resources

Featured speakers included:

  • Maria Cardona, Dewey Square and CNN Contributor (Moderator)
  • Juliet Choi, Partner, VENG Group, and former Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Archi Pyati, Chief of Policy, Tahirih Justice Center
  • Monica Ramirez, Gender Justice Campaigns Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and President, Justice for Migrant Women
  • Jennifer Rosario-Garcia, Legal Advocate, YWCA Greater Harrisburg
  • Elyse Szurgot, Director, Violence Intervention and Prevention Program, YWCA Greater Harrisburg

Missed the event? Don’t worry: you can watch our highlight video, watch the entire panel video, or read our recap